3 Cowboys on Thin Ice Heading Into Hardest Stretch on 2023 Schedule

These Cowboys need strong performances over this difficult stretch

Dak Prescott is third in MVP odds but faces questions about whether he can beat the best teams in the NFL
Dak Prescott is third in MVP odds but faces questions about whether he can beat the best teams in the NFL / Tim Heitman-USA TODAY Sports
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2. Michael Gallup - WR

Gallup is quickly falling out of favor with the Cowboys' organization.

He's seen his snap count decrease in recent weeks, with rookie Jalen Tolbert out-snapping him in the win over the Commanders. Gallup caught his only target for 13 yards, and he's finished with more than 31 receiving yards just once over his last five games.

With just 28 catches on 46 targets for 357 yards and one score on the season, Gallup hasn't been the consistent force in the offense fans hoped he'd be. In fact, Brandon Cooks and even rookie tight end Jake Ferguson have outproduced him.

That's a significant development given the Cowboys have an out of Gallup's contract after this season. If he can't prove he belongs on the field and lets two rookies move ahead of him in the pecking order, his days with the team might be numbered.

It's been a disappointing several years for the former third-round pick out of Colorado State. He put up over 1,000 yards in his second professional season and 843 in this third, but Gallup hasn't eclipsed 500 receiving yards since 2020.

He's running out of time, though there's no better moment to prove he belongs than with a strong output over the final stretch of the season.

The last Cowboy on thin ice faces a similar conundrum to Prescott: can he win a big game?